About SCI America


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SCI America is dedicated to advancing excellence in the chemical industry.  We celebrate and recognize achievement in the chemical sciences. And we provide inspiration and recognition to encourage careers in the field through events and scholarships.

SCI America is a collaborative organization, working with an array of leading U.S. and global entities that share complementary missions to advance the success of the chemical industry.

SCI America encourages young people to pursue careers in industrial chemistry.  We are best known for our premier awards, which acknowledge technical and management achievement. SCI America also runs scholarship programs in support of our mission to advance education in chemistry and chemical engineering in the U.S.

History of SCI America

The organization of the New York Section, a name changed to “America Section” in 1919, began by informal meetings of New York members of the parent organization SCI (Society of Chemical Industry) in May of 1894.  By the time its formal petition was recognized by SCI later that year membership had grown to about 350.  Members thronged to the monthly meetings to hear speakers such as Carl Duisberg, BASF’s pioneering research director and Leo Baekeland, inventor of Bakelite. The section quickly evolved into a focus of networking and communication, eschewing lobbying or chemical education.

The celebratory role of the New York Section was more durably established by the visit of the grand old man of the British chemical industry, William H. Perkin, in the fall of 1906.  To mark the very special occasion of his visit, the Section decided to give the aged Perkin a medal.  To complement the highly esteemed Perkin Medal, the Section began awarding the Chemical Industry Medal in 1933 to “a person making a valuable application of chemical research to industry.  Primary considerations shall be given to applications in the Public Interest”. Over the years, the roster of medal winners reads like a “Who’s Who” of the American chemical industry.

In recent years, the America Group has supplemented its activities to recognize achievement with programs that attract students to pursue careers in industrial chemistry. It also provides a forum for young researchers to network with their peers and develop a longer range understanding of the challenges and potential advances in chemical research.


Calendar of Events

September 13, 2022: Innovation Day at Science History Institute in Philadelphia, with a virtual component

September 13, 2022: Gordon E. Moore Medal Luncheon at Science History Institute in Philadelphia

September 13, 2022: Perkin Medal Award Dinner at the Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia

March 7, 2023: Chemical Industry Medal award dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York